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No Lies Just BS

Listen to Nick Swartz tell stories about his life. From growin' up in the small VA mountain town of Clifton Forge to his entry into and career in the tattoo industry. All the rough upbringin', punk rock, family, country, skateboardin', good eatin', blues, ass-kickin', tattooed, hard to believe but addictin' to perceive bullshit that can be packed into each episode. His brother Josh helps out and the guests are the best of the best.
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Mar 29, 2022

Nick has been tryin' for a while to get this gentleman on the show ever since Brian Bruno told him they need to talk. Well, it finally worked out and Adam Marton drove up to Harrisonburg to see Nick at Alley Cat and hang out in the NLJBS studio surrounded by killer artwork and great booze. And this one was worth the wait. It's around four hours of amazing tattoo talk as Adam shares a ton of stories of names you've heard a lot on this show. He tells us about his days starting out at Empire Tattoo in Asheville, NC. Then there are a ton of stories in Richmond leading up to opening his own shop, Civilization Tattoo. It's just an all around awesome hang out with a great guy. Check it out.

Mar 22, 2022

On this episode, Nick heads up Interstate 81 to meet up with good friend Gary Gearhardt from Key City Tattoo, and they travel over to Annapolis, MD to the Orange Tattoo Company where they sit down and have a killer conversation about the Maryland / D.C. / Virginia tattoo scene and how it came to be. You are primarily listening to Brady Duncan and Jowe Nasatka with a bit from Franky Orange who we hope to have back on the show one day. There are a ton of great stories and a lot of history on this one, so check it out for sure.

Mar 15, 2022

J Ranno is a name that is talked about constantly at Alley Cat Tattoo, usually whenever something gets posted to Instagram by this gentleman. As in - did you see what he just posted - holy shit! We've always said here at No Lies Just Bullshit that this is what IG should be used for. Show people things you like. Things that are great. Don't look at negativity. Well, here's a great example because J came down from his private studio in Baltimore to do some tattooing at Alley Cat and now you also get to hear from him and about his art as Nick shoots the shit with him. Andrew hangs out for a while as well and it's a great conversation. We hop you enjoy it.

Mar 8, 2022

Joe Capobianco is back on the show again and just as awesome as last time. This time he's been travelling with Elliot Wells from Edinburgh, Scotland who does some killer tattooing and art. The guys join Nick at Alley Cat and have a great discussion of old tattoo shops and stories, great whiskey, popular bands, Lord of the Rings and international curiousities. Not to mention forced Cadillac driving and the associated ridicule. It's a great one you won't want to miss. And go check out these guys' art. For sure.

Mar 1, 2022

While still recovering from the hangover from Alley Cat's 20th anniversary party almost six months ago, Chris Fox comes back down south to hang out again. This time he's tattooing several members of the crew and recording with Nick. Chris owns Fish Ladder Tattoo in Lansing, Michigan and is a member of several bands. Porter is around for the ride, and you also catch a bit of Trevor, Richie and Jake in there as well. So enjoy.

Feb 22, 2022

We're kinda between episodes here, so Nick is gonna sit down on the edge of your bed and tuck you in with some timely bullshit and a recent samplin' of the HotLine. We're working hard over here at No Lies Just Bullshit and Alley Cat Tattoo to bring you word of the tat game and enlighten you to great art and artists. We've got some great episodes coming up, so check this out for now and thanks for listenin'.

Feb 15, 2022

It has finally happened: Andrew Conner has put out a small book of some of his sketches from recent years. This is a project that has been discussed for years, so Nick sits down with the man himself to discuss many things art, music and more and to talk about some of the ideas that went into the creation of this book to coincide with its release. It takes a long time to get to that subject because of all of the excellent bullshit between these two great friends which, if you didn't know it already, can be found on many other episodes of the show. So enjoy this discussion on creativity and excellence.

Feb 8, 2022

After leaving Denton, MD and Black Anchor Tattoo, Nick heads north up to Asbury Park, NJ to visit Electric Tattoo. It's here that Mike Schweigert returns to the show along with  Robert Ryan and the very elusive Tom Yak. Lots of great stories are told about years past and a lot of great people. This is the content we try and bring you on the regular here at No Lies Just Bullshit and we hope you enjoy another piece of tattoo history and great storytelling.

Feb 1, 2022

It's a return to form for NLJBS as Nick hits the road to record some amazing shows. First stop on the trip is Denton, MD to see Krooked Ken of Black Anchor Tattoo. Ken has been doing this a very long time so you're gonna hear a ton of great stories and enjoy some of that excellent discussion and bullshit you've come to know and love. Black Anchor artist Patrik Carter is on hand as well and you might even hear Ken's son once or twice. It's great to be able to once again bring you these conversations with important artists you need to know about. Enjoy.

Jan 25, 2022

With a lot on our plate this week due to family matters, we don't have a full episode for y'all. But the good news is that we are on the road right now to get out there and record with some legends. So thanks for hangin' in there and waitin' on us, and thanks for listenin'!

Jan 18, 2022

Christopher Scott travels down south on a return trip after having visited Nick and Alley Cat with a friend earlier. This time we get to hear the origin story, as it often sounds like many other tattooer OG stories of breakin' into the business, only more. If you're into this sort of thing you are going to love this episode. 

Jan 11, 2022

There's a lot going on in the worlds of No Lies Just Bullshit and Alley Cat Tattoo and this week there is no episode for us to bring to you. Nick explains it all in a quick message and we'll be back next week with something for you all. Thanks for listening and supporting us for so many years.

Jan 4, 2022

I'm gonna keep this short and sweet. Hope everyone had a great New Year holiday and stayed safe and had fun. Well, if you want to know what it's like to chill out at Nick's joint for his traditional New Year's Eve Eve party, then look no further. This is an entire evening's worth of a jam session from some familiar voices that you've heard on the show before. A little banter before and after most of the tunes and just a good time of hanging out and playing music with your best friends. That's what we've got for you this week, so enjoy and let's do it again in 2022!

Dec 28, 2021

Get ready for some bluegrass and all around excellent music and storytelling from two awesome ladies. Molly Murphy is in the band The Judy Chops, from Harrisonburg and if you haven't heard of them you should definitely check them out. Lizzie Cahalin was back in Rocktown for the holidays, but appeared on an earlier NLJBS episode with Troutmouth if you wanna go find it first. It's a great time with great talk and tunes. Hope you enjoy the last episode of 2021. We're hanging in there and bringing you the bullshit.

Dec 21, 2021

It's an Alley Cat Crew extravaganza just in time for the holidays. Nick chills out at the NLJBS studios with Andrew and Porter, Trevor hangs out a while, Richie and Jake are in on the fun. Sara and Kate couldn't make it for this one and Bethany was holdin' down vape town, but Maddie was back in the 'Burg and makes an appearance. It's just a good old fashioned, drinks on the front porch, shoot the shit session of tall tales and twisted times. Lots of great stories, some told before, the usual bullshit. You know what to expect. So sit back and enjoy and have a great time with your families or whatever you do, and we'll see y'all back here just before New Year's. Excellent.

Dec 14, 2021

After our little setback last week, episode 273 is now and probably forever the mythical lost episode with Dave Capella from Inksmith & Rogers. It was a long one, which is what led to the majority of it getting deleted, and it was with the entire Alley Cat crew as well, so at least they all got to share the memory. Ask 'em about it one day.

This week, though - we've got a killer podcast with a great guy from Colorado. Seth is a serious tattoo collector who was in Rocktown - V - A - to get tattooed by Alley Cat's very own Trevor Smith, who makes an appearance on this episode. As well as Jake Hockman, all hosted by Nick, of course. Seth tells some amazing stories about killer hip hop shows, working in tattoo shops and venues and travels all around the world. It's a great time, so check it out. We've learned our lesson and are back on the weekly track of serving you up killer podcasts.

Dec 7, 2021

For the first time in almost 300 episodes, NLJBS did not appear Tuesday morning as usual. We had an issue with part of the recent episode getting deleted and we're in the process of recovering it. Hopefully it'll come to you tomorrow. Check Nick's social media to hear more. Thanks for listening!

Nov 30, 2021

Day after Thanksgiving in Clifton Forge is what you're hearing this week, folks. And we've got two returning guests for you. Mary Jane travelled down to hang out with Nick in the place he grew up and cousin Dewayne showed up again for it. There's a whole ton of whiskey talk and lots of huntin' stories and everything else you might expect if you've heard these guys before. There's even a brief appearance by our sister Larami which is pretty wild. That's all we've got for you this time, so enjoy the hangout and the  bullshit. We'll keep bringin' it to ya.

Nov 23, 2021

If you know anything at all about Nick and about this show, then you're sure to have picked up on the fact that one of the things Nick is extremely passionate about is cooking. From only eating buttered noodles as a child to preparing killer meals for friends and family constantly, your host is all about creating some culinary masterpieces. This week's guest is special as she shares some high quality information about her cooking methods and the conversation goes way deep into all kinds of culinary awesomeness. Sarah Rennie came up to Elkton to hang out and talk about all of these things with Nick. You can check out some of her food and methods by lookin' up Two Fire Table on IG where you can get a taste of what she's got going on. Nick met Sarah through her husband, tattooer Mike Rennie from Absolute Art who you can find on a very early episode of the show. Enjoy the food talk. It's delicious. 

Nov 16, 2021

Veteran regulars of the show, Old Heavy Hands - Nate Hall and his crew - were recording in northern NC at an infamous studio called the Fidelitorium and it was an amazing experience to go there and see and hear everything. The guys weren't at Legacy Irons Tattoo in Greensboro so that they could be there laying down an album, and on this evening: hanging out with Nick and feelin' good and telling all kinds of crazy tales and events. It's a hilarious and fun time right out of the gate. Not a long one, but a damn good one, y'all.

Nov 9, 2021

If you're up to date and heard the Made to Last and Mac Bibby episodes, you know that Nick went down to Florida for a few days and this episode gets into why that happened. There's a bit of a hum in the background of this one because Nick recorded it while traveling down the highway with his brother, Josh. Long time listeners of the show, though, probably aren't going to mind because this episode is kind of the second half of the story of an early episode called 'Florida' that is mentioned on here quite a bit. You see, this road trip came about as Nick and Josh travel down to pick up the remains of their estranged father to bring them back to the mountains of VA. This is the story explaining that. So fasten your seatbelt. It's a weird one.

Nov 2, 2021

Of course on a road trip that takes Nick through Jacksonville, he's definitely going to stop in and see his great friend Angelo and all the guys in the Inksmith & Rogers crew. And as luck would have it, the one and only Mac Bibby was around and Nick had the privelage of sitting down and hearing about his long and crazy journey from the good ol' days up until his time in Jax. And what a trip it is. You are going to absolutely dig the stories that are laid down in this episode. Such a trove of tattoo history and art history surrounding the tattoo industry even before Mac got into the game. You don't want to miss these tales. You'll hear a bit from Angelo and some of the other guys, but it's all about Mac, so check it out.

Oct 26, 2021

Nick and Josh took a road trip from VA down to FL and the first stop on those travels was Charlotte, NC where Nick sat down with Chris Stewart and several of the other artists who make up Made To Last Tattoo. Located in a beautiful old building downtown, MTL is an amazing shop with a great history and you get to hear all about it on this episode as well as plenty of great old tattooing tales. All of the gentlemen at Made To Last are fun and interesting, so don't miss this one. Thanks for listening.

Oct 19, 2021

Having traveled to Richmond to record with Katie last week, Nick stops by the renowned High Point Barber Shop to talk with one of the owners, David Foster. Having only met in passing prior to this, Nick and Foster hit it off like old friends and when you hear the conversation you'll know why. High Point is not your average barber shop. It's more like going to a tattoo shop and working with artists because, well - you are. They keep tattoo flash on the walls and you'll definitely see plenty of tattoos on the barbers themselves by Brian Bruno and other tattoo legends. It's just a great episode all around and you won't be disappointed with the comraderie evident throughout it and the stories that get told. Sit down, relax and enjoy the cut.

Oct 12, 2021

Nick hit the road again to record a few episodes for all you bullshitters and kicks things off with a great conversation with Katie Davis of Salvation Tattoo Gallery in Richmond, VA. Katie's man, Fred Pinckard, was just at the Alley Cat Tattoo 20th Anniversary celebration and not only attended, but his company Alliance Tattoo Supply provided supplies for a gathering of some of the best tattoo artists in the world that weekend. When Fred and Nick talked about some of the amazing work Katie has going on, he knew he had to sit down with her. Katie is presenting an amazing show where local Richmond artists provided ceramic pieces that tattooers then painted on before they were glazed and fired. It sounds like an amazing show, just like this one. The Shop Talks aren't back yet, but hang in there with us and enjoy the talk.

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